09 Feb 2011 11:02:01
Anaerobic digestion FiT review welcomed
The government's decision to review the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) payments for farm-based anaerobic digestion (AD) has been welcomed by members of the industry.
Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne announced this week the government would be conducting a review into the initiative due to concerns that large-scale solar farms could receive payments intended for homeowners and small businesses.
Research into farm-based AD will take place alongside the study to see if the current payments make generation "worthwhile", following lower-than-expected installations. Just two applications for AD projects have been received, compared to the six anticipated.
The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) has been calling for the payments to be reviewed since the FiT scheme was first announced in February 2010.
William Worsley, president of the CLA, said: "Our work with the government on the AD action plan will support increased payments by reducing red tape. We will be working further with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to determine the right level of FiT payments to ensure that on-farm AD flourishes."